News about the manhandling of Fox News contributor and Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields by Donald TrumpÂ campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has become uglier as the day goes on, withÂ Lewandowski responding to a photo of bruises on Fieldsâ arm with a number of tweets suggesting that Fields is nothing more than an âattention seeker.â
The story has now reached the national media after its genesis in an angry tweet by the Daily CallerâsÂ Jamie Weinstein, alleging that one of Donald Trumpâs âthugsâ had grabbed Fields from behind and nearly threw her to the floor. Fields will address the story herself in an interview to air on âGood Morning Americaâ Friday morning.
â Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) March 11, 2016
â ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 10, 2016
It has taken a while, but theÂ White House Correspondents Association has come to Fieldâs defense (sort of) with a big squish of an official statement.
âThe WHCA unequivocally condemns any act of violence or intimidation against any journalist covering 2016 campaign" pic.twitter.com/YAQn1la1RS
â Matt Viser (@mviser) March 11, 2016
â Chris Johnson (@chrisjohnson82) March 11, 2016
âWe have been increasingly concerned with some of the rhetoric aimed at reporters covering the presidential race and urge all candidates seeking the White House to conduct their campaigns in a manner that respects the robust back-and-forth between politicians and the press that is critical to a thriving democracy,â the statement concludes.
Itâs certainly not the strongest of statements; rhetoric aimed at reporters doesnât cause bruising, after all.